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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: South Africa vs England 2020 - 2nd T20I

Jonny Bairstow celebrates
Jonny Bairstow celebrates
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The 2nd T20I of the three-match series between South Africa and England will be played at Boland Park, Paarl in South Africa.

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Two batsmen out of Jason Roy, Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow were expected to make the XI for England. Eoin Morgan surprised many when he chose to pick all three of them with Sam Billings having to sit out.

The two performances that won England the match were that of Sam Curran with the ball and Jonny Bairstow with the bat. After England lost their top 3 within the powerplay, it was Bairstow who brought them back in the match and how.

Coming on the back of an ordinary IPL, the batsman remained unbeaten on 86 off just 48 deliveries with 9 fours and 4 sixes, batting at a strike rate of almost 180. On a pitch where the hard length was not that easy to tackle, Bairstow played masterfully, with his experience coming into play.

Despite batting out of position, he did a great job and is likely to get an extended run in the middle order if the team decides to persist with Jason Roy at the top despite his poor form.

England have the option of bringing in Mark Wood in place of Tom Curran who proved to be expensive in the first T20I, giving away more than 50 runs.

For South Africa, the obvious option is to replace Beuran Hendricks with Anrich Nortje but things are not so straight forward for the Quinton de Kock-led side due to the non-white player quotas. It would be interesting to see whether the team can find a way to bring in Nortje or replaces Hendricks with one of Andile Phehlukwayo, Junior Dala or Lutho Sipamla.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

England - Jos Buttler(wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Curran, Tom Curran/Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid

South Africa - Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock(c & wk), Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, Pite van Biljon, George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo/Junior Dala/Lutho Sipamla, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - England

Who will win? – England

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Eoin Morgan (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jofra Archer (England), lungi Ngidi (South Africa)

Most Sixes – Jonny Bairstow (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

Man of the Match –  Eoin Morgan

Team Scores Batting first – England 200+, South Africa 180+

 Match Handicap England 

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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